Auburn notebook: Expectations will go up for Marshall in second start
by Ryan Black
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
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Nick Marshall rolls out for yardage against Washington State. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
Nick Marshall rolls out for yardage against Washington State. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
AUBURN -- More will be expected of Nick Marshall this Saturday.

One reason is Auburn's quarterback has the benefit of viewing film of last week's game against Washington State, giving him another chance to look at his mistakes.

More importantly, the experience Marshall gained against the Cougars should pay dividends this weekend. Head coach Gus Malzahn said as much following Wednesday's practice.

"I think anytime you go out there and experience something, you’re going to better the second time," Malzahn said. "I know his nerves are going to be better. He’s a competitor. He wants to do well and he’s hard on himself."

Each practice, Malzahn has seen his quarterback become more comfortable in his mastery of the offense, now simply reacting instead of having to think through his reads. Improvement isn't reserved for Marshall alone, however.

"We’re expecting more from all of our players as far as the different things that we can do and the execution," Malzahn said.

INJURY UPDATES: Justin Garrett took part in the Tigers' practice Wednesday, the third straight day he was healthy enough to participate. When asked point-blank whether Garrett would play against Arkansas State, Malzahn avoided the question.

"He was out there practicing," Malzahn said.

Garrett was listed as Auburn's starter at the "Star" position on defense entering the season opener. However, he was sidelined with a lingering left foot sprain, with Robenson Therezie filling in against Washington State.

Whether Garrett will reclaim his spot in the starting lineup was another question where Malzahn provided a vague answer.

"He’s been rotating with a lot of different groups," he said.

Defensive end Dee Ford also practiced Wednesday. The Tigers' starter at left defensive end missed the season opener with a knee injury.

The senior took part in drills that involved "full pads," Malzahn said.

THEREZIE'S HONORS: After winning the SEC's Defensive Player of the Week award Monday, Therezie picked up another honor Wednesday.

The junior from Miami was named the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week after snagging two interceptions and a career-high seven tackles in Auburn's 31-24 victory over Washington State on Saturday. He became the Auburn first player with multiple interceptions in the same game since linebacker Josh Bynes accomplished the feat in 2010 against Arkansas.
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